Charles Caleb Colton Quotes
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us - never cease to instruct - never cloy.
To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.
It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by others.
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.
Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live.
To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports us - when we succeed, it betrays us.
There are two way of establishing a reputation, one to be praised by honest people and the other to be accused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the first one, because it will always be accompanied by the latter.
We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear.
Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.
Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
No company is preferable to bad. We are more apt to catch the vices of others than virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.
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